While digging around on Facebook we happened to land on a link that lead us to a fundraiser for one of our favorite Coachella Valley artists, Phillip K Smith III.
We are long time fans of Smith and after watching this video and reading the statement about his project you’ll get a sense of why.
Take a moment to check this out! Even if you don’t have the means to donate, you can certainly get inspired.
Lucid Stead by Phillip K Smith III
( Phillip K. Smith, III is an artist based in Indio, CA where he creates work in light, space, color, and form.)
Hi. I’m Phillip K. Smith, III and I want to talk to you about a project I’d like to create in the high desert called Lucid Stead. Located on my 5 acres in Joshua Tree, CA, this project will transform an original homesteader shack into a light installation that will be installed for 7 days in mid-October of this year. I have set my fundraising goal at $20,000, and am hoping to surpass that goal with the intent of using the additional funds to create new, smaller scaled lightworks inspired by Lucid Stead.
In the summer of 2010, with the help of donors just like you, I was able to build my first light installation, “Aperture”, as the artist in residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Since that time, I have created a series of smaller, geometrically inspired, light works that create unique intimate experiences with light, space, color and form. During this same time, I have been able to work on several large scaled public art projects across the United States. Lucid Stead would be an opportunity to join the large, public, outdoor works with the more intimately scaled light-based works.
The homesteader shack on my 5 acre Joshua Tree property will be transformed during the day and night. By day, the shack’s alternating skin of mirror and original weathered wood will reflect the surrounding desert and sky. By night, the one way mirrors in the door and window openings will become rectangular fields of color, lit by programmed LED lighting that slowly moves through the color spectrum. The cracks between the weathered wood and mirrored acrylic will be filled with white light allowing the interior of the shack to come to the surface. Able to be seen up close and from a distance, this simple, worn, homesteader shack will be transformed into a shifting, beacon of light in the middle of the desert.
Lucid Stead will be a public installation, able to be shared with visitors over the course of one week, from October 12th to the 19th, coinciding with the schedule of High Desert Test Sites, which brings thousands of art lovers from across the world to Joshua Tree, CA. In addition to the light installation itself, your funding will also help me to create a coordinated PR and social media campaign so that as many people as possible can learn about, find, and experience Lucid Stead.
If you’re excited about this project and want to provide support, please click the DONATE button. And thanks to USA Projects, all of your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting me as an artist and for helping me to further my career with the creation of Lucid Stead.
Donations at any level are appreciated. The categories to the right are suggestions only. Once you click the “Donate To This Project” button, you can enter any dollar amount that you wish. The perks listed will be provided to all donors.